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Raiders to play in London in 2014

The Raiders will be one of three teams to play one of their eight regular-season home games in London’s Wembley Stadium, with the opponent and date yet to be determined, the NFL announced Tuesday.

Also playing home games in London will be the Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons.

“We are excited to embrace this great opportunity to assist in building NFL popularity worldwide,’’ Raiders owner Mark Davis said in a statement released by the league.

Two Raiders players, defensive lineman Jack Crawford and offensive tackle Menelik Watson, are from the United Kingdom. Crawford was born in London and grew up there before moving to the United States in high school. Watson is from Manchester, moving to the United States to play college basketball.

The Raiders have played outside the United States five times since 1990, but never in a regular-season game.

The last time the Raiders played outside the United States was on Aug., 27, 2001, when they faced the Dallas Cowboys at Azteca Stadium.

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  • Just Fire Baby

    I said the beginnng of the year that the Chiefs would start hot, got all kinds of positive pub, then Andy Reid wil turn into, well Andy Reid and they will tailspin to like a 7-9, 8-8 year.

  • Jon Train

    PFF OLine Rankings:

    17. Oakland Raiders: -3.2

    Stud: Discarded by the Redskins and thought over the hill by most,Tony Pashos (+7.8) has allowed five quarterback disruptions on 148 pass blocking situations.

    Dud: His day may come at some point in the future, but right now Lucas Nix (-17.0) is an accident waiting to happen on the field.Summary: Perhaps the most surprising unit of all. They’ve been coached into a cohesive outfit and have delivered reasonable play. What more could you want? Given the injuries they’ve suffered that’s practically a miracle.

  • SnBG

    That KC front seven is legit and TP will need to run a lot. Check it down and by time with his feet for our receivers to get open.He must by time to take the deep shots when they present them selves.

  • Just Fire Baby

    17th best, right at average.
    Seems accurate to me. The O-line crowd expects us to give the QB 4 seconds to throw every dropback, and if it doesn’t happen,we need to draft all O-line the next year or something ridiculous.

  • plunkhead

    Their schedule is about to get real tough. And they still have to play the Raiders twice. Sure loses there

  • Just Fire Baby

    PFF’s worst offensive line? The Ravens. With the same 4 starters as last year’s SB winning team.
    As I have been saying, no matter how Kirk and Charlie try to tell you about their “two 1st round picks at tackle”, the Ravens Offensive line by far and away was the weakest unit of their team.
    And they still suck. And they still will probably win their division.

  • Just Fire Baby

    2nd worst O-line? Seachickens, the SB contending Seachickens.

    31. Seattle Seahawks: -33.4

    Stud: By the process of elimination right now it’s seventh-rounder Michael Bowie (+0.7).

    Dud: A below-average guard, there’s little surprise that Paul McQuistan (-14.9) is a way below average tackle.

    Summary: They lost Russell Okung and are currently without Max Unger. Two men who just happen to be their best linemen. That has hurt, but the J.R. Sweezy experiment isn’t working out and they’re just not executing right now.

  • Nick Gancayco

    Cardinals were 4-0 last yr around this time. Just saying

  • plunkhead

    I just received a medal in Dells world famous FFL for causing meltdowns

  • SnBG

    Average is pretty damn good for a banged up patch work O line. Good coaching and some help from Pryors running has also helped.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Pryor’s running is not factored into PFF metrics.

  • DKnight007

    I still dont understand why they traded Guard Moffitt. That was weird.

  • plunkhead

    Should I see if the rookie has any meltdown in him?

  • Just Fire Baby

    Patriots 5th best O-line, Rams 6th best.

    Two of the worst offenses in football.

    https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2013/10/09/ranking-the-2013-offensive-lines-first-quarter/4/

  • plunkhead

    lol for the down vote. Lurking, I see.

  • KoolKell

    Dud: A below-average guard, there’s little surprise that Paul McQuistan (-14.9) is a way below average tackle.

  • DKnight007

    I have to bring that one up online. I missed it. Heard it was good.

  • Oaktown Raiders

    Mckenzie played LB in college. In Green Bay he answered to GM Ron Wolf, who has been regarded highly for his off-season decisions on defense. I hope you understand that Reggie’s “eye for talent” is immensely focused on defense. Which we have obviously taken notice. He’ll learn soon enough, and if not he’d better hire some damn good advisors and scouts to do it for him on the other side of the ball. Patience.

  • SnBG

    I don’t know about those rating for Olines but the Hawks Oline is getting big push and opening holes for the beast. They are doing pretty good. Oline is the foundation of the offense.

  • DKnight007

    Need to run misdirection plays, ghost motion, and some reverses and utilize Fords speed. He needs to be utilized. Alot of play action bootlegs also.

  • Just Fire Baby

    It is a non-biased way of looking at things. Not the be all end all of course, but PFF O-line rankings are used by almost all legit media sources now.
    You see Paul G use them in his AFC West ESPN blog thingy.

  • Gdog

    Our pass blocking is decent on PFF, but run blocking is bottom 10. That is where we need our studs back…

  • dplunk

    Not Just about TP2..it’s Gonna take a complete Team effort to beat the Chiefs. the Defensive front has to be discipline, guard their gaps in particular. LB’s has to be stellar as well..RB J.Charles has terrific vision, and cut-back ability.. a true home run hitter that’s dangerous from anywhere on the field.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Media outlets rarely if ever use PFF rankings and metrics on skill position players, because we all watch those guys and there are plenty of stats already used for them.
    But you don’t have those for O-lineman, so PFF is literally the predominant leader in ranking O-lineman with sometype of “score”.
    I value their opinion on non-skill position players.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Who’s impersonating KK this early in the morning?

  • SnBG

    Interesting. Rotoworld has the Ravens line at 3 with only 3 starters playing. Seahawks at 20 but fantastic a opening the holes for the beast

  • Gdog

    NE has a great run blocking metric, but are not a great running team. They have ignored RB for years because they have Brady. McF would have huge games with their run blocking… thats a great trade partner!

  • DKnight007

    Hawks pass blocking has been an issue

  • dplunk

    A truly great RB, or QB can make up for deficiencies in th O-Line..DMac is one of the few lead backs in the league that needs the O-line to give him a 5-yard headstart to the secondary in order to break a long one.

  • Just Fire Baby

    The Patriots and their RB rotation has been FF killers for years now.
    They literally change every week. Blount was the starter, he fumbled last week, so who knows for this week.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Wouldn’t even bother playing the games if we didn’t need to tune up for real opponents.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I didn’t know rotoworld did rankings, I thought they were just an aggregator site with salary info.
    I would like to see this, can you link me?

  • Gdog

    I wonder if there isn’t some bias in some of their workers too? I was REALLY surprised at the insipid rankings most of the Raiders got for that SD game. Its like they lost the game by 2 TDs. The defense got negative ratings nearly across the board… what game were they watching??

  • aig

    DMAC can’t shake the DL. He can shake the LB and DBs but not the DL. give him 10 yds and he still runs into the DL if the hole was open left or right. Worst starting qb vision in the nfl now.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Like everything there is going to be some kinks or flies in the ointment.
    I think, and correct me if I am wrong, they just go play by play and rank kind of a win or loss per player. So a fumble recovery for a TD is just a “Win” and giving up a 11 yard completion is a loss and they even out.
    But not really.
    Could be way off, I will lean on you with this one.

  • aig

    I think we handle the chiefs offense this week. Not afraid of A Smith. Will TP turn the ball over or not will determine the outcome. The chefs have a solid D across the board.

  • SnBG

    Cheifs Oline is ranked 11

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    If he does, it will be because he faced the greatest D since the ’85 Bears.

  • bcz24

    Deep shot on the first play just like SD, either they respect the pass or they get beat over the top. I don’t think you can prudently stack the box against TP anymore.

  • Theghostronin79

    I wanna see Eric Berry get “Ear-Holed”….Sean Lee style.
    Get it done Rivera.

  • Gdog

    Not exactly.. its supposed to weighed so big plays get extra points. Giving up important plays take away extra points. I don’t get Burnett though for instance. I thought he was all over the field vs SD. How the hell does he get a -1.5?? He had ten tackles… I think there was a Raider-hater rating that game.

  • bcz24

    Injury concerns I believe. Dude couldn’t stay on the field.

  • Gdog

    Each grade given is between +2 and -2, with 0.5 increments and an
    average of 0. A positive intervention in the game rates a positive
    grading and vice-versa. Very (very) few performances draw a +/-2 rating.
    In fact, the distribution of non-zero grades is like this:

    .

    +2.0
    0.01percent

    +1.5
    0.3percent

    +1.0
    16percent

    +0.5
    37percent (unbalanced because of the way WRs and HBs are rated)

    -0.5
    24percent

    -1.0
    22percent

    -1.5
    0.5percent

    -2.0
    0.01percent

    .

  • The_Judge37

    I want to see Brandon Flowers playing 15 yards off with fear in his eyes and still getting burnt deep.

  • Gdog

    And Woodson was the defensive player of the week with a -2 rating??? Cmon PFF… he was all over the field!!

  • bcz24

    His -1.5 was because of his pass coverage. He allowed 90 or 100% completions on passes targeted his direction

  • Theghostronin79

    RIGHT?………That solitary play made ALL the DC’s we’re about to face, Re-inact a scene from the Goonies.
    (Sloth Rips his shirt open to reveal a Superman undershirt: Que’ theme song..)
    Jake : We’re in Deep Sh*t NOW Francis…..
    Francis : Oooooohhhhhh Shhhh***T

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Vic Tafur
    ‏@VicTafur

    #Chiefs coach Andy Reid said #Raiders Bobby April “has done a great job. They have the best special teams in the National Football League.”

    Andy Reid initiating Psy Ops.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    New post.

  • DKnight007

    LOL! That theme song after Sloth rips his shirt open. What a great film. The Goonies. Suprised they never made a sequel.